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Sustainable Society Foundation


With the objective of stimulating and assisting societies in their development towards sustainability, the Sustainable Society Foundation - SSF - has been established as a private initiative by Geurt van de Kerk and Arthur Manuel (see biographies). The main activity of the Foundation until now has focussed on developing, publishing and maintaining the Sustainable Society Index (SSI). Furthermore, the Foundation is involved in various fields of promoting sustainability. As described earlier, the SSI integrates in an understandable way sustainability and quality of life, and shows at a glance the level of sustainability of 151 countries.

Geurt van de Kerk Arthur Manuel

Co-founder of the management consultancy firm K+V. Since many years he is involved in sustainable development. Van de Kerk is the author of the book Lang leve de aarde en al haar bewoners (2003), being more or less the beginning of the SSI.

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Independent consultant for environment and sustainability. He has been, among many other functions, director of the international consultancy firm IWACO. Manuel has a long standing experience in many countries, which enabled him to develop a clear view on sustainability.

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